Bad Equation: Infection Plus Bad Diet Leads to Cancer?
Karen Sfanos and Angelo De Marzo: Inflammation may play a role
in cancer caused by PhIP.
Several years ago, scientist Bill Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., now director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, introduced the readers of this publication to a funny little word: "PhIP." It sounds so harmless, but PhIP, an abbreviation for a long chemical name, is something known as a pro-carcinogen. Not necessarily bad in itself, it can be metabolized to something more dangerous: a chemical that attacks and mutates DNA and is known to cause prostate, colon, and breast cancer in rats.
Unfortunately for those of us
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